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Johannes Kepler University Linz
Department of Pervasive Computing

 Contact data
StreetAltenbergerstraße 69 
ZIP, City, Region 4040 - Linz (Upper Austria) 
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 Contact person

Univ.-Prof. Mag. Dr. Alois Ferscha (Head of Department)
 Employees (Total)
Total: 11-50

 Central aim of organisation
Pervasive Computing - Technology for People

 Briefly describe your organisation
The Institute for Pervasive Computing (at the Johannes Kepler University Linz, JKU) is among the first research institutions worldwide to address the research issues arising from networked embedded systems being integrated into objects and environments of everyday life systematically and from different angles of persepctive. Headed by Alois Ferscha since his start at the JKU in the year 2000, now more than 15 permanent researchers contribute to the lines of research at the department, ranging from Networked Embedded Systems and Architectures (pervasive, mobile, ubiquitous and wearable computing; autonomic computing and wireless embedded systems; ambient intelligence), to Coordination and Interaction (coordination models; cooperative and opportunistic sensing, goal oriented cooperative systems, ensembles of digital artefacts and networks of things; implicit and explicit interaction, spontaneous interaction; self-organization and self-management), to Distributed and Embedded Systems Software (programming paradigms, OO distributed software models, component technologies/frameworks, service oriented architectures, multiagent systems, and embedded and real-time software) and Parallel and Distributed (Interactive) Simulations (parallel/distributed discrete event simulation, distributed interactive simulation, web-based simulation, real-time simulation, simulation-aided multiuser environments). The department has also focussed research activities within the Pervasive Computing domain aligned along Awareness (identity management, localization and positioning, tagging, tracking and authentication), Intelligence (machine learning and pattern recognition, reasoning and planning), Appliances (smart things, smart environments, tangible interaction, wearable computers), Natural Interfaces (multimodal interaction, gestural interaction, haptics, olfactory interaction) and Software Architecture (middleware, service management, coordination architectures). The department is well interwoven with international (EU funded (FP6, FP7) projects SAPERE, HC2, PANORAMA, SOCIONICAL, OPPORTUNITY, BeyonTheHorizon, InterLink, CRUISE) and national (funded projects DISPLAYS, SPECTACLES, PowerSaver, WirelessCampus, MobiLearn) research, but also tight cooperations with industrial stakeholders (SIEMENS Project FACT, IBM Project VRIO).

 Core Competency

Research & Development

 ICT sectors:
- ICT Applications     
   - Ambient Assisted Living (Services for the Elderly)     
   - ICT Applications for Tourism     
   - ICT Applications for Health      
   - ICT Applications for Traffic and Logistics     
   - Geographical Information Systems (GIS)     
   - ICT Application for Environment Management     
   - Visualisation     
   - Virtual and Augmented Reality      
   - Pattern Processing     
   - Knowledge Management     
   - Archiving, Documentation     
   - Service Orientated Architecture (SOA)     
   - Usability Engineering     
   - Internet Technologies     
   - Advanced Systems Architecture     
   - Pervasive Computing     
   - Man-Machine Interaction     
   - Artificial Intelligence     
   - Sensor Technology     
   - Embedded Systems and Real-time Systems     
   - RFID     
   - Wireless & Mobile Communication     

 ICT keywords
Pervasive and Ubiquitous Computing, Sensor Networks, Augmented Reality, Software Architecture
 RTD Experiences & Publications

 My organisation has been involved in projects funded by the following EU-programmes
  Coordinator  Partner 
EU Framework Programme (FP)
Other international co-operative research

 Austrian Research and Development Projects
  Coordinator  Partner 
Cooperative Projects

 RTD Experience
Over the years the department has grown, and a new -more application oriented sub-sinstitution has been founded: PCA, the Pervasive Computing Applications research studio in Vienna. Among the living Pervasive Computing system findings are software frameworks for context awareness (SiemensCON) and cooperative sensing (OPPORTUNITY), very large socio-technical systems (SOCIONICAL), service ecosystems and spontaneous ensembles of digital artefacts (SAPERE), wearable see through displays (SPECTACLES), wearable vibro tactitle notification systems (LifeBelt), public community displays with wireless remote controls (WebWall, “Digital Graffiti”, CouponCollector), geo-enhanced, augmented reality mobile navigation systems (“SmartRoad”, “DigitalPheromones”), RFID based realtime notification systems (Berlin Marathon, Vienna City Marathon), wearable computing and embedded internet application frameworks (DigitalAura, SmartCase, DigiScope), wireless activity recognition systems (PowerSaver, ShoeSensor, smart CarKey), tangible user interfaces (TA Cube, SpaceSwitch), etc.

 Inserted / Updated
2006-02-03 / 2010-07-15